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  1. Buddhakin

    The role of Jon Snow in TWoW

    I think there will be a few contributing factors and knowing how Jon is usually written (assuming he comes back to life and all that aside), he will weigh out this choice heavily in POV. He has already been extremely tempted to take Stannis's offer to Jon Stark, the only thing holding him back were his vows. Now if he accepts and Stannis survives long enough to perform the proper ceremonies, he will be in a much more powerful position to do what he needs to do because its obvious that the Nights Watch are heavily crippled and therefore so is he as its oath-bound Lord Commander. Then there will most definitely be a bitterness about being murdered by his brothers which will most likely inclune him to surround himself with loyal northern as lord of Winterfell instead of the ilk that come to join the Night's Watch. As Lord of Winterfell, or if TWOW is closer to the show in this next particular circumstance, King of the North. He will be able to unite ALL the forces of the North. The fact is, there is no point in such a heavy catalyst like the manner in which he died, just to ressurect him and offer no character growth by making Jon to decide that his death doesnt free him from his vows. I'm interested to see what Jon will decide to do with himself if Rickon gets back to him safely, I can't see him not putting Rickon on his Fathers seat in Winterfell. And I'm hoping that George (although I'm aware he might kill him at some point no matter what) will do more with Rickon and Osha then let them get picked off in a similar manner as the show. Rickon being raised to Lordship would probably be best for Jon because Jon would rule in all but name for Rickon until he comes of age as is properly groomed, and Jon is the best suited for that as well since he was raised by their father and would know what Ned would want. This would also allow Jons character to get around more most likely instead of playing the lords game. In time, once people see how real the threat is, they will finely give and allow Jon to do more radical things. Obviously they arent convinced yet or they wouldnt have killed him fir breaking some rules lol.
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    GRRM WoW Twist

    I lean towards Stoneheart the most for the reasons you mentioned plus we have to consider which characters are involved in plots that are for the end game so Martin needs them where he has them. The plots that are destined to be resolved (or at least more likely) in TWOW are. Littlefinger and Sansa, Stoneheart and whatever she ends up doing to Brienne and Jamie, there is a good chance Cersei's plot will come to an end with Aegon and Euron invading Westeros, (although the younger, more beautiful queen has to show up and take everything first before its really over for her), the high Septon could play a part if this is the case. Plus I get the feeling that this twist will take place in Westeros. I think it is possible but less likely this twist will involve the characters involved in the northern conspiracies and the other characters who will be engaged in the Battle of Winterfell and any of the characters involved in Dany's storyline because these plots seem too important as groundwork towards the ending and we all know that George already knows how he will end this (in broad strokes at least) so the plots furthest from the ice and fire will be concluded in the next book before the war of the dawn really really goes down in ADOS. I also dont think this twist involves the Aegon or Euron plot because they aren't long standing characters. It has to be Stoneheart I think. George probably wants to really do her part well since she was cut, on top of her being a favorite character. I would love to see something like Brienne bringing Arya to her and she kills her mom as a mercy and takes over the brotherhood and adds the strength of Nymeria's pack to the brotherhood and marches North. Tin foily and sounds like fan fiction (because I guess it is) but I think that would be great, especially reading it after Martin put it life on paper. It would certainly be dark, and tragic, but I find that it could be natural with Arya's dark path (as said by the ghost of high heart) and the merciful view of death she is gaining from the faceless men. Plus Arya saw Catelyn through Nymeria and is staying attached to Nymeria. I believe that when Arya comes back to Westeros in the next book, she will land in the riverlands, or farther south, forcing her to travel north through them anyway. As she looks for Nymeria, she finds Stoneheart or Brienne or Jamie and learns of her mother unless brought to her unknowingly, which I don't lean towards because I don't see Arya allowing themself to be taken somewhere without being told. She won't be a victim when she comes back and won't be taken along for something meekly without learning who she is meeting and where she is going because that would be foolish. Sansa and Littlefinger encountering Stoneheart would also be great but I can't wrap my mind around Stoneheart crossing paths with them because they won't be vulnerable to be taken by Stoneheart (unless George has something brilliant up his sleeve in that regard).
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    GRRM blog post: Theon spoilers for WoW?

    At least Obi-Wan let Vader keep his dick though.
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    GRRM blog post: Theon spoilers for WoW?

    The one chapter could be early on in the book ESPECIALLY if he is going to die in it, GRRM went back and wrote the red wedding after writing the rest of ASOS. Obviously that isn't the case here since he says he has a lot more to do than the Theon chapter. He could also just be revising an earlier Theon chapter to accommodate for some mundane-but-still-important story continuity that has nothing to do with Theon getting axed or burned under the weirwood.
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    The Politics in the Arya TWOW chapter

    We have a HUGE precedent for the FM doing more than fulfilling a mere contract. Jaquen Hagaar killed Pate, someone who there is a 90% chance of not having a contract on their head, who would pay to have a faceless man murder a loser like Pate? Secondly, once Jaquen took Pates face and his stolen Archmaesters key, he lingered for quite a while at the Citadel up until Sam showed up. Is Jaquen trying to exploit something at the Citadel to get access to Lord Leyton Hightower? Is he trying to get his hands on the blood-soaked time known as "fire and blood" that Tyrion reflected on being locked away in the Citadel so Jaquen can bring down dragons? (That one is more unlikely because when Jaquen first set out to Westeros, it had to have been while Ned was still Hand and the dragons didnt even exist yet so unless Jaquen received ordera after coming to Westeros, he is not after dragon killing info.) Was Jaquen waiting for Sam for some reason? Sone people even think that Jaquen is after Bloodraven and needed the glass candle to find him which is why hes lingering around Marwyn. Sorry to get carried away but the FM are either up to something bigger than a contract in this case, or at the very least, are obviously ok with murdering innocents (Pate) to clear a path to their target, which means that they could be manipulating Arya in training her for another purpose as a pawn in a scheme that is worth spending months training Arya the way Jaquen is spending months doing 'god knows what' at the Citadel. Magic and prophecy are coming back all around everybody and the Faceless men are playing a big game of some kind. I for one and very intrigued on how Braavos feels about the situation with Daenerys because on one hand, Braavos hates dragons, Tycho Nestoris (I know I probably spelled that wrong) wouldnt even jape about them, he had a very solemn attitude that is probably reflected in the other elite members of Braavos, if not the entire Braavosi population. But on the other hand, this palpable hatred for the dragons and dragonlords of Valyria that apparently hasn't diminished over the centuries stems from the dragonlords using their dragons to oppress and enslave so the fact that Dany has been using her dragons to FREE slaves, not make more. The Braavosi HAVE to respect that, between their fleet and the backing of the IB, Braavos could have hired the necessary men to deal with slavers bay themselves long before Daenerys came around so Dany has done more for slaves in a year than Braavos has done in centuries. Now one thing that is important to note that Braavos itself is not caught up in the war or the politics of Westeros, just the IB. But what if the FM do something that gets Braavos tied in? What if Arya does? And if the IB is aware of (which I bet they are) Aegon invasion and the fact that Dany will be coming west too? Will Tycho meet with Dany and disrespect dragons to her face? Or will he swallow his prejudice to do business? So many questions, all of,which lead to more like a hydra of uncertainty and speculation. Its fun to wonder though!
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    The Politics in the Arya TWOW chapter

    i think that the IB would tell them that if they hope to win the war than they better take out a bigger loan than Stannis did. They may tweak the interest rates in the spirit of good business, maybe. The IB makes money by lending it, after all.
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    The Politics in the Arya TWOW chapter

    You make a very good point, although you think its equally as likely that Kevan (like Tywin) just doesn't want the crown to be dependant on the Lannisters, so Kevan only paid some of it off now with the hope that the crown could raise the rest of the funds if given more time? The crown naturally collects more incomes than the Westerlands (not counting gold mines) so as long as the crowns incomes are handled responsibly (as I'm sure Kevan and Tywin were arranging to have done) there should be no need for Casterly Rock to pay out everything. I think its equally possible and likely that Casterly Rock is broke and Tywins unrivaled management was the only thing keeping the illusion of their wealth in tact. It would make one hell of a shock for Cersei in TWOW to find out that she doesnt have the family resources she thinks she has.
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    The Politics in the Arya TWOW chapter

    No offense, but could you tell me where in the books that it says that the Casterly Rock gold mines have run dry? I know Tywin says that in the show and all, but I'm most of the way through a series re-read right now and I dont remember reading that or anything that suggests it to be true. I know Tywin is refusing to forgive or pay the crowns debts, but I don't think Tywin would do that out of principle.
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    The Ultimate Winds of Winter Resource

    It isn't unlikely that this could take 8 books. He was planning on writing 7 back when he was forced to split AFFC & ADWD into two books, and he basically said in an interview way back that TWOW is almost twice the size of ADWD & AFFC. Of course, he hadn't started editing at the time (probably not anyway) and he may remove some chapters for the next book. I really believe he has been writing the final POV's, which he is probably writing slower than the others, and editing, whicy could take an enormous amount of time especially since he often rewrites entire chapters. I also agree that he knows the kind of snowstorm he will get if F&B I is released too long before TWOW is ready.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    I'm not a big "Bolt-on" fan myself. In not suggesting this will unravel the whole argument but if he is leeching himself so the blood wont congeal this means that he is dead. The problem with this is that his body wont keep producing fresh blood after he is dead so he would have stopped leeching himself centuries ago when he leeched every pint from his body. Plus this would leave the guy marble white and nobody would miss that. Even the palest nerd to ever live in a basement isnt so pale as a blood-drained corpse.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    True story. Ive played with the idea that Roose has promised Lady Dustin that Ramsay will die after he produces a heir with fArya. It is in everyones best interest if Ramsay goes away and Roose has to know that the North will never bow to his children with Fat Walda because the North won't support any Frey after the Red Wedding but Roose is very concerned withRamsay marrying and reproducing ASAP, before Ramsay can ruin any of his alliances.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    Even if Lady Dustin hates Ned as she says she does, she must hate Ramsay even more so because Domeric likely meant more to her than her past relationships and we know she blames Ramsay for her death. So her alliance to the Bolton's is an almost impossible one already. Even Roose doesn't expect Ramsay to be able to hold the North after he's gone and he doesn't believe his Frey kids will survive Ramsay. Roose is so lax about being convinced his house and name are fucked which would almost make me think that taking the north was one big farce but I can't see the logic in that either.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    That's a real good point.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    Thanks! There are definitely a few good ones and the "Durden" one wouldn't make for bad writing at all. This one just seemed the most logical for me though. There are some I would prefer, like Benjen, to be the Hooded man just to have that character back in the active storyline but the BWB not infiltrating Winterfell doesn't make sense to me since they have good reason and opportunity to do so.
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    Harwin is the Hooded man

    You are spot on with this because the BWB is still searching for Arya when they find Cat. This is three days after the red wedding. At this time, Jamie and Brienne are still traveling south because Jamie misses the purple wedding which isn't arranged until after the red wedding. Now Jeyne Poole leaves with the guard that escorts Jamie and Brienne south and as soon as she makes it to the Twins to meet up with the Boltons, the Bolton's start travelling North to Winterfell. This means that Stoneheart had been resurrected for weeks and had been investigating Arya's potential whereabouts during this time prior to the Bolton/Frey host leaving the Twins for the Neck. Stoneheart would have plenty of time to hear rumors that the Lannisters recovered Arya and gave her to Bolton along with rumors that Arya was traveling east towards the salt pans. Naturally she want to investigate every possibility, which is why, like you pointed out, they are collecting orphans and bringing them back to the crossroads to be identified, probably by Gendry, who will know Arya on sight as well as Harwin or Stoneheart can. But Stoneheart will have more than enough time to hear that Bolton has Arya BEFORE Bolton even reaches the Neck, giving Harwin plenty of time to attach himself to Roose's host before Roose makes it out of the Riverlands and it will be easy for Harwin to fit in with a northern host since he IS a northerner. Plus, like I said, it a win-win because if turns out the Bolton's dont have Arya, that relieves Harwin of the nearly impossible task of getting Arya out of Winterfell and back to the BWB and allows Harwin to eliminate Frey's and Bolton's which is the other main mission of the BWB right now. They often mention how easy it is for a man to attach himself to an army and that it is even preferrable and expected because he is given purpose and authority instead of being another dirty peasent to rob. We see Jaquen, Rorge, and Biter join the Lannisters right after the Lannisters destroy the whole party they were with via Amory Lorch. And the whole reason Bronn becomes a character of any significance is because Cat allows him to attach himself to her party even though he is just some sellsword she doesn't know. So Harwin most likely just strolled right up the Neck to Winterfell alongside the Bolton's like it was no big deal.